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Motorcycle ride to benefit program

Spring has arrived, and despite the lingering chill, there has been plenty of sunshine. The change in season offers an opportunity to get out and enjoy all the beautiful scenery the coastal area has to offer; and what better way than to see it...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

Church to hold annual women's conference

Many times, when things need to be organized or cared for, or people need to be helped or fed, women are behind the scenes making things happen, and the Women of Faith at Salem United Methodist Church are no different. For eight years now, they...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

BREAKING NEWS: DSP says alarming text message is a hoax

The Delaware State Police announced Thursday, March 26, that they are being inundated with telephone calls regarding a text message that has been circulating throughout Central and Southern Delaware and portions of Maryland.

Police said...

Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 6:24am

Lawless and Mueller running to District 4 seat in Ocean View

Robert R. “Bob” Lawless and Gerald K. “Jerry” Mueller will be running to fill the District 4 seat in the Ocean View town council election to be held April 11. Roy Thomas, who has held the seat for the past three years, is not running for re-...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:16pm

County opposes adding two at-large members

Sussex County Council members were asked to take a position this week on what has been a hot-button issue in the county in recent years: proposed expansion of the council’s number by the addition of two at-large members. A vote at the council’s...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:13pm

Reduced revenue pushes changes to county employees’ benefits

As county officials try to cut expenses for the upcoming 2010 fiscal year under the force of waning revenues – along with an anticipated $7.7 million shortfall in the current year’s $54 million county general-fund budget, which runs through June...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:10pm

County council opposes proposed windmill bill

County staffer Hal Godwin asked the Sussex County Council on Tuesday to take a position on proposed state legislation dealing with how county and local governments, and homeowners associations, control the placement of wind-powered energy systems...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:09pm

Ashley’s Pet Ranch makes canines feel at home

A shift from northern Wilmington to the lower, southeast region of the state 15 years ago might have seemed like a drastic adjustment for Dave Goodman, but there’s one thing he couldn’t leave behind: his love for dogs. Just months ago, he proved...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:04pm

McCabe's open for the season

As warm weather begins to creep back into the area, local businesses are preparing for the coming season and shops that have been closed for the winter are beginning to open their doors once again. In South Bethany, McCabe’s Gourmet Market is...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:01pm

Cripple Creek celebrates 25 years this summer

In mid-June, Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club will hit a landmark 25 years as Bethany Beach’s only private golf and country club. With a newly renovated clubhouse, recently touched-up tennis courts and one of the most exquisite golf courses in...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 4:33pm

Retelling an unforgettable past

Families will often share the stories of their past to help capture memories and experiences that were difficult to truly understand. For Dr. Benjamin Cassutto, the story of his Dutch-Jewish parents’ struggle and survival through the Holocaust...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 4:21pm

BREAKING NEWS: Millville man sought in connection with firearm theft and burglary

Delaware State Police troopers assigned to Troop 5, Bridgeville, are actively looking for 34-year-old William E. Lindemon IV, whose last known address was in Millville. Police described Lindemon as a white male, 6 feet tall, weighing 230 pounds,...

Monday, March 16, 2009 - 4:36am

Minyon, Thomas, Jeffers win in Millville

Millville held its annual town council elections last weekend to fill three seats on town council. Incumbents Donald Minyon and Richard Thomas ran alongside challengers Michael Jeffers and Joseph Calvarese.

A record 78 voters turned out...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:38pm

Ocean View water customers could see an increase in fees

To offset a potential 32.5 percent increase in Tidewater Utility’s water rates and a miscalculation in the number of properties included in the town’s water service area, Ocean View officials this week presented a plan that could increase water...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:17pm

Environmental Appeals Board dismisses Zak case

In an auditorium speckled with both supporters – some holding signs that read “Hear Bill Zak,” and “Coal Ash is Toxic” – and DNREC officials and employees, Bill Zak of Citizens for Clean Power made his case to the state’s Environmental Appeals...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:14pm

IRSD's board readies for May elections

In less than two months, voters will take to the polls again to pick who will sit on the Indian River School District’s school board. The entire Indian River School District, made up of five zoned districts, encompasses students at Indian River...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:10pm

Ocean View council debates grants for MVFC, Beebe

The Ocean View Town Council this week voted to table the issue of awarding grant monies from the town’s Emergency Services Enhancement Fund to Millville Volunteer Fire Company and Beebe Medical Center.

Town Manager Conway Gregory had...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:06pm

Pumpkin Festival planning begins in Millville

Although the event itself is not scheduled until October, planning has already begun for the first-ever Millville Great Pumpkin Festival, which was announced at February’s town council meeting. The festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 10, will...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:03pm

Dagsboro Café offers family recipe for good eats

Anyone who has driven through Dagsboro on a Thursday evening may have noticed a giant chicken dancing outside the Dagsboro Café. Those inclined to investigate further may have met Kathy Parrish and her family, the new owners of the café.

...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 4:59pm

Local church contemplates history and history-making event

The inauguration of President Barack Obama in January makes this year’s Black History Month especially significant for members of Frankford’s Antioch AME church. Like Obama, the Rev. James Foster, Antioch’s pastor, looks to history to guide the...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 4:46pm

Delaware Does More a Success

Despite uncertainty in an ever-changing economy in which more and more people don’t know where their next meal is coming from, let alone their next paycheck — precisely the reason for the Delaware Does More campaign — the campaign’s numbers are...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 4:41pm

Area socked by late-season snowstorm

Mother Nature got in a last blast of winter as the calendar rounded into March this week, dumping an estimated 3 to 4 inches of snow on the area and hitting coastal Delaware with strong winds and temperatures well below freezing.

Indian...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:52pm

Millville voters head to polls on Saturday

Millville will hold its annual municipal elections this Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Voting will be conducted in the Town Hall Meeting Room at 11 Club House Road. All residents of Millville age 18 and older are eligible to cast a...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:46pm

Daylight-saving time returning on Sunday

Clocks will spring forward an hour on Sunday, March 8, at 2 a.m., re-entering daylight-saving time and giving everyone the chance for an extra hour of daylight as we head into spring. This is another in the modern era of a longer daylight-saving...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:38pm

Proposal would expand public safety space in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Town Council members heard a presentation of a “concept plan” for a proposed public safety building on Friday, Feb. 27, at their monthly council meeting. Last summer, the town approached the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company,...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:36pm

BREAKING NEWS: Winter storm warning for area until 2 p.m., schools closed

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 5:40 a.m.:

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 2 p.m.

Additional snow will build up into our region this morning. The snow is then expected to taper to scattered...

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 12:23am

Brown's suit against Ocean View is dismissed

The U.S. District Court for Delaware recently granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Ocean View resident Wally Brown and six other plaintiffs against former Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith and the Town of Ocean View. The court denied the...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:38pm

Close friends prove 'Impossible is Nothing'

In three years, Catie Cummings’ friendship with Elizabeth Shoemaker had blossomed into something unmatched by most. Although Cummings hadn’t known Shoemaker as long as many of Shoemaker’s other friends had, she still dedicated her time and effort...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:35pm

Bethany Beach aims for stimulus funding

As Rehoboth Beach prepares to complete its ongoing boardwalk renovations with $7.4 million in money resulting from the federal stimulus package, Bethany Beach officials are also hoping to tap into the $131 million granted to Delaware for highway...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:33pm

Bethany meets with geo-thermal installers

With volatile energy prices and a new nationwide interest and appreciation for green technology, geothermal heating and air systems are becoming more and more prevalent in both new construction and retrofits.

Geothermal systems have been...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:27pm

Longtime librarian takes the reins in Selbyville

Selbyville Public Library has welcomed a new director in Pam Munro. Munro started a few weeks ago and has hit the ground running. She brings to the table years of experience and just recently retired from employment with the State of Delaware as...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:24pm

Koval brings medical expertise to Millville practice

Like many people who move to Coastal Delaware full-time, Dr. Norman Koval is semi-retired. After coming to the beach since the ’70s, he and his wife decided to build a home in the area to enjoy their golden years. In February of 2008, shortly...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:11pm

Coast Guard honors rescuers in October boat accident

On Friday, Feb. 20, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) took time to honor those who risked their lives to save five mariners last fall, when their 18-foot vessel was swamped by a rogue wave and capsized 7 miles off of Rehoboth Beach. Six...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 2:58pm

All-in: Beating the odds in Texas Hold 'em

As many will tell you, Texas Hold’em poker involves plenty of know-how, and those who play often enough can assure you it takes a little skill to be consistent. But understand there is a bit of probability and statistics involved that some would...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 2:38pm

New safety rules trouble libraries, more

With new guidelines concerning phthalates and lead limits in children’s products as of Feb. 10, 2009, it is now clear what is considered safe in such products and what is not. Well, it should be.

“The law is as clear as mud,” said Marshall...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:19am

Millville elections set for March 7

With the appointment of a Board of Elections taken care of, the Town of Millville is set to move toward a March 7 election, which will determine who will fill the three open seats on the town council. Elections will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:12am

Bethany considers council term length, limits

Though the idea of term limits and changes to the length of town council members’ terms has been floated in Bethany Beach several times in recent years, the council has only recently moved to officially consider such changes. It was a topic for...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:10am

Bethany 'on solid financial footing'

While some neighboring towns are struggling to keep red ink off their balance sheets, Bethany Beach’s finances are healthy, Finance Director Janet Connery reported to the town council at their Feb. 17 workshop.

“Actions taken in past years...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:08am

Financial troubles won't affect wind farm

Bluewater Wind’s offshore wind project is going full-speed ahead, despite news in the past weeks of owner Babcock & Brown restructuring of its corporate debt.

The restructuring agreement with Babcock & Brown’s banking syndicate...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:06am

No elections in Selbyville this year

As election season in many local towns just gets under way, the Town of Selbyville has finished with theirs. Selbyville had three seats up for vote, each with two-year terms, but incumbent Councilmen Clifton Murray, G. Frank Smith III and...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:51am

Fenwick committee looking for rain-garden site

The Fenwick Environmental Committee met this week to discuss several places to place a demonstration rain garden in the town. They listened to a talk given by Sally Boswell of the Center for Inland Bays last October and have been discussing...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:51am

FCC says ‘not so fast’ to local station’s DTV switch

Officials at WBOC-TV, Channel 16, in Salisbury, Md. – the area’s CBS affiliate and lone remaining analog TV broadcaster – were ready to switch off their analog broadcast this Tuesday, Feb. 17, on the original schedule for the federally mandated...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:49am

Mitchell floats plan for Ocean View finances

Ocean View Town Councilman Perry Mitchell believes he has something to offer the town in the way of the budget – and it doesn’t include a tax increase.

His “first draft” of a new financial plan for the town, with the goal of achieving $2.2...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:46am

Robinson returns home to offer legal advice

For many newcomers to the area, the Robinson property that used to sit where Giant and the Millville Shopping Center now sit doesn’t bring back any memories or ring any bells. But to locals, and transplants living in the area long enough to...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:32am

Reverse mortgage could be answer to financial troubles

The housing market can be a challenge in today’s economy, especially for retirees and senior citizens preparing to move to assisted living communities or in with family members. Questions often arise concerning how long seniors can stay in their...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:30am

Canal dredge completion postponed until late 2009

The Assawoman Canal dredging project began three years ago – three years that, according to State Rep. Gerald Hocker, should have been a sufficient timeframe for the operation to be completed. Now, as the result of needing the state to purchase a...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:24am

MVFC breaks new ground

In 2004, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) purchased an approximate 7-acre parcel of land to serve as the site for a substation on Omar Road in Clarksville. For the past few years, a renovated farm implement building has been serving as...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:06am

Millville enables special tax district for MBS

The Town of Millville said goodbye to one of their council members on Feb. 10, at their monthly town meeting. Councilwoman Kami Banks, who is relocating outside of town limits, was honored for her dedication to the town and awarded a certificate...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:16pm

New inlet bridge appears to be on fast track

The project has been long delayed and even longer anticipated, but the construction phase for the new Indian River Inlet Bridge officially kicked into gear this week with formal announcement of a timetable for the $150 million project, slated to...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:14pm

OV to cut police, raise taxes?

Highlights of the proposed Ocean View annual operating budget for the 2010 fiscal year, as presented this week by Town Manager Conway Gregory, include a 22 percent tax increase over the next four years and a resizing of the town’s public safety...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:03pm